TITLE

COMING OF AGE IN MICRONESIA

AUTHOR(S)
Quigg, Philip W.
PUB. DATE
April 1969
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Apr1969, Vol. 47 Issue 3, p493
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents information on the history of the establishment and development of Micronesia. Micronesia is the one area in the world where U.S. colonialism is an incontrovertible presence, where responsibilities are not a matter of policy preference but of law. A measure of the Micronesians' condition today can be gained from the fact that their second largest export is scrap metal from World War II. Their population is half of what it was a century ago when Spain dominated the islands, as it had for three centuries, bringing them little but Christianity. The Germans encouraged trade, increased the production of copra and seized lands not actually occupied by Micronesians. These lands, constituting 53 percent of the total, are still inaccessible to the Micronesians, for whom the U.S. holds them in public trust. Next came the Japanese who, having seized the islands early in World War I, administered them under a League of Nations Mandate in the interwar years. In their drive for self-sufficiency, the Japanese used Micronesia as an extension of their home islands, subsidizing agriculture, building fisheries and populating the islands with their own. There were incidental advantages for the Micronesians and, despite the harsh military occupation that concluded the period, many islanders look back on the thirties as the happy days.
ACCESSION #
5800848

 

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